Colombia: Day Four

Today was a very different day. Today was the day that I was truly impressed and inspired by the thoughts of my students.

Someone was calling one of their classmates names. I've also noticed that this name-calling was a trend this week. I decided to set things straight.  I sat everyone down and had a very serious conversation about the big R-E-S-P-E-C-T *Aretha Franklin voice*  

With the help of my wonderful mother, our talk about respect was about accepting each other's differences. Even if someone's differences may be a bother to some, everyone deserves to be respected. I wanted to hear what the class had to say about this subject and Juan Camilo summed it up perfectly, "Our differences, like our skin tone or beliefs, don't matter, because in the end we are all human beings. All human beings deserve to feel wanted and respected."   I think  a lot of people could benefit from Juan Camilo's wisdom.  

During class, I wanted to interview a few students gain a further insight on what they think about education and their future. I asked three questions: 

"Do you think education is important?" 

"What do you like about learning English?" 


"What do you want to be when you grow up?"  

I first interview Angel who believed that education was important because it can give many people great opportunities. Juan Camilo and Dayana also answered similarly. Something that stood out to me was Dayana's answer to the last question. 

I asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up." And without hesitation she quickly said,"a normal person." This answer took me by surprised as the previous interviews I did I got an astronaut and a singer. Dayana then added "A person who sticks to her studies and will one day become successful."  

For recess, I was invited to play a game of basketball. It was the typical boys vs. girls, but I do admit that the girls did have an unfair advantage as I tower over everyone else. I loved playing with all of the children as it brings out my inner child while I try to keep my competitive side at a minimum.  

At the end of the day, everyone was tired after a long day of learning so Juan Camilo volunteered to sing Diomedes Diaz's "Tres Canciones" for the entire class.